Cleveland Golf has developed a new golf bag that actually counts the number of clubs in your bag and lets you know if you’ve left one on the green. The electronic sensors will give off a chirp and an LED light. Just turn it on
It’s not a bad idea, given the number of wedges I find lying around the greens on the course. I don’t personally leave any behind
I’m a little concerned about the “chirp” part, though. Given the number of people with hearing loss (that’d be most baby boomers and retirees), it seems to me that a chirp is probably not the best choice. People (like me) with hearing loss typically lose the upper frequencies first. I, for example, can’t hear the microwave’s beep, or the oven’s timer beep, or phone rings—or even the stupidly designed screech of the fire alarms at work (I’m told that they screech).
Cleveland would be better served if the reminder noise was a low beep.
I also wonder if the technology isn’t there to tell you when you have too many clubs in the bag. That might have saved Ian Woosnam at the 2001 British Open. At that tournament, Woosnam was in the lead in the final round, when his caddy, Miles Byrne discovered on the second tee that he had two drivers. Woosnam had to take a two stroke penalty, and flustered, bogeyed the next two holes. He finished four strokes behind eventual winner David Duval.